We don’t want to get too technical here but a lot of studies show that children from families who make time for bonding activities like family dinner and family game night see all kinds of benefits—everything from larger vocabularies and improved communication skills to better health and improved memories. If that’s not enough of a reason to start scheduling family game night, consider this: it’s a lot of fun!
Make Family Game Night More Fun With These Awesome Ideas
Bring Food into the Mix
Hanging Donut Game
This game requires a donut for each family member, a ribbon or string to hang the donuts and a tree, swing set, patio umbrella or anything else you can hang the strings from. Hang the donuts at mouth level and then race to see who can finish their donut first!
Tip: If you don’t have space to hang all the donuts together and race at the same time, get out a stopwatch to time each person—fastest time wins.
Mini Pie Eating Contest
It’s the same concept as a full-sized pie eating contest but scaled down to help avoid tummy aches and keep from spoiling dinner (see below for dinner idea). For extra fun, have the kids each choose their favorite pie flavors!
Pizza Making Contest
Line up sauces, cheeses, and toppings on a table, roll out the dough and have everyone make their own individual pizza. After they’re baked, have a taste test and vote on the winners in two categories: best looking and best tasting!
Take It Outside
Games for Small Yards
A small yard is great for outdoor games like cornhole, horseshoes or giant versions of tabletop games like Tic-Tac-Toe, checkers, or Jenga.
Games for Larger Yards
If you have a larger yard, you can play games that take up more space like flag football, lawn bowling, or anything involving a Frisbee.
If you need even more ideas, check out these other five classic games to play outdoors this spring!
Give It a Theme
Break out the board games and explain to the kids what it was like back in the dark ages before cell phones could be filled with games. Classics like Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit were hugely popular in the 80s and 90s—if you really want to go all out you can pick up a vintage version of your favorite 80s or 90s game!
Choosing a big theme like music means you have a lot of options: everything from trivia contests to karaoke will fit this theme!
Everyone is assigned a character and you must work together to solve a mystery. The classic is a murder mystery party but if that seems too morbid for kids, you can stage a “robbery” or any other crime that would be appropriate for kids to solve.
If you need to shake up your family game night routine, mix and match these ideas to make your family game night more fun. If you’re new to family game night, just give it a try—you won’t regret it!